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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Ultrarunning and Life's Lessons

Ultrarunning and Life’s Lessons

Growing up is a marathon, not a sprint – misfortunes in life are inevitable

Life does not always go the way we plan.

The real question is whether life ever goes the way we plan.

Some preachers say the reason we make plans is so that God can laugh.

This makes sense to people who believe in God. I believe in God.

We do our best to avoid the inevitable. Which is silly. Because inevitable means, well, something is going to happen no matter what.

We need to plan for the inevitable. If something is going to happen no matter what we need to be ready for when, not if, it happens.

In the marathon and triathlon world –

“Stories are legend of cyclists who train 6 months without a flat and then flat in a race.”

My daddy used to say he got flat tires when he trained AND during the race. So he was already trained, practiced for when it happens.

But for many people it doesn’t go that way. They are faced with problems that they haven’t prepared for or have forgotten how to take care of because it had been so long since it happened to them.

We don’t need to lose our optimism.

We do need to be prepared for when, not if, something goes wrong. Because it happens.

In a race it’s called a flat tire.

Otherwise it’s called life.

Are you prepared for when things will go wrong?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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